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Community Focus - Baraboo Benefits with Tennis Programming

February 3, 2010 09:36 PM

Baraboo Receives Bequest for Tennis Programming photo
The Wisconsin Tennis Association congratulates the community of Baraboo as it launches the 2010 tennis season with USTA Memberships, programming growth, a new tennis facility and continued excellence on the court. Baraboo has long been a leader in the Wisconsin District in growing the game of tennis, introducing new programs and involving the entire community in the fun of tennis.

The Baraboo Parks and Recreation Commission has announced the receipt of a bequest of $70,000 to be used to benefit tennis programs and the Parks Department’s general recreation efforts. This generous bequest was left to the city by Sandy Kuenzi, respected tennis instructor and physical education teacher in Baraboo. Sandy taught tennis in Baraboo since the 1970’s and was instrumental in providing tennis instruction and inspiration to the youngest tennis players.

Wisconsin Tennis Association Vice President and Baraboo Parks and Recreation Supervisor Rick Luther had suggested to the commission that an immediate and everlasting tribute to Sandy and her devotion to tennis and youth be implemented. “We certainly didn’t dream of something as wonderful as she gave us,” Luther said. “There will be a legacy of her gift for many, many, many years to come.”

As a result, the Baraboo Parks and Recreation Commission will be constructing 4 QuickStart courts (36’ courts) under USTA guidelines with fences, windscreens and player benches adjacent to the regulation courts at Campbell Park. The construction timeline is to have the courts completed by July 2010. These QuickStart courts are believed to be the first permanent short courts to be built in the District!

Clearly, Baraboo is committed to the continued growth of tennis. In fact, the community and its organizations are dedicated members of the USTA. The Baraboo Park and Recreation Department, Baraboo School District, Baraboo Community Tennis Association and the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County are all members of the USTA and dedicated to promoting the sport in their community and organizations.

In fact, Baraboo offers youth program, adult lessons, spring and fall middle school tennis and 2 six week summer high school sessions. The Baraboo High School continues to offer No-Cut Tennis and the University of Baraboo/Sauk County has reinvented the college tennis program after an absence of 20 years. For more information on tennis in Baraboo, visit www.baraboohills.usta.com . Way to go Baraboo!

 

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